Although we eventually triumphed against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, defender Calum Chambers has admitted the match was ‘tense.’
After Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott gave us a 2-0 lead at the Amex Stadium upon their respective returns to the starting XI it looked as if it would be a straightforward win against lower league opposition.
Yet in what was a good weekend for giant-killing it was almost inevitable Brighton would get back into it and Chris O’Brady and Sam Baldock scored either side of a Tomas Rosicky strike to ensure nervy final moments in a 3-2 victory.
“It got a bit tense towards the end,” Chambers told Arsenal.com.
“I thought that we did really well in the first half and dominated most of the game.
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“We held out and it was a good result in the end, so we’re through to the next round.
“Sometimes we have to see out the game a bit better than we do but we held our defensive line strong and we got the result in the end.”
The Seagulls actually had a penalty appeal against Chambers turned down late on by referee Mark Oliver as a shot from Adrian Colunga struck the 19-year-old’s arm.
Other than that it was a pretty good afternoon for the teenager though who, playing at right-back, broke down the flank in the first half to setup Walcott.